In our day and age, a subtle assumption exists, and it goes like this:
Comfort leads to happiness.
Difficulties and inconveniences are therefore seen as obstacles to avoid. Many decisions, from where we live to what we do, are driven by a desire to either increase comfort or decrease discomfort.
But what if this road doesn’t lead anywhere good? What if sitting in the tension of discomfort is actually the way forward?
As God so often does, He offers a fundamentally different perspective to discomfort. It all, actually, is part of the plan. And because of this, we shouldn’t be surprised that before Jesus stepped into his ministry that would change and save the world, he stepped out into a desert. But really, he stepped into discomfort where he would face things that could only be found there.